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Kilkenny, Ireland’s favorite medieval city

Some cities just connect with you on such a personal level that you could easily see yourself living there and Kilkenny is one of those rare gems. Kilkenny proudly celebrates its name The capital of county Kilkenny is a colorful city with an equally colorful past, yet its nickname is The...

The Yard Café, Kilkenny

Cute as heck, with strong coffees, Kilkenny’s Yard Café is a hip little coffee shop that makes you feel right at home. We’re spoiled for choice for early-morning cafes in New York, with the city running pretty much 24-hours.  On a chilly November morning we awoke dreaming of our...

Ballyseede, an Irish castle stay to treasure

A castle stay in Ireland is one of those must-dos but when it includes dogs, like at Ballyseede Castle, it becomes an unmissable experience. Welcome to our luxurious home (for the night) A genuine malady of European travel is what we call ACAC syndrome – another church, another...

Adare, an Irish village you’ll adore

It’s life’s detours that take you to the most interesting and unexpected places – like Ireland’s Adare. We’re not fans of motorways and turnpikes. They propel you along a homogenized path that removes you from the realities of a country, where the only taste of the place you’ll get...

The dramatic history of Ireland’s Rock of Cashel

Rising above the emerald green fields of County Tipperary, the Rock of Cashel stands stoically on a limestone outcrop like a real life Hogwarts. From its elevated position you can see for miles in any direction One of Ireland’s top heritage attractions, the Rock of Cashel dominates the...

A Kells experience worth writing home about

Ancient water mills, castles and abbeys are part of the magic of an Irish road trip – especially when you get the whole experience in one town. We had always wanted to make it to Kells but it was one of those places that was “almost close enough to Kilkenny to make it” and “no way, that’s...

Exploring Rupit, a Renaissance Stone Village

Rupit is Catalan for rock (from the Latin, rupes) and this historical treasure is carved from the stony hill it is perched upon. Situated 98km from Barcelona, Rupit is the perfect distance for a day trip and we experienced it with two other Catalonian towns from between the 1000 and the...